Dec. 8, 2013
Gus Malzahn coaches Auburn to the SEC title...next stop, BCS championship game (Anthony Hall photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's move toward playing in the BCS national championship game found more footing Sunday when the Tigers moved to No. 2 in the USA Today/Cocaches poll and the Associated Press poll.
Auburn, a 59-42 winner over Missouri in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, is expected to be ranked second in the BCS standings Sunday night, a spot that would put the Tigers in the BCS title game against No. 1 Florida State. The Seminoles smashed Duke in the ACC title game.
Auburn received four first-place votes in the AP poll. Florida State had the other 56. The Seminoles received all the first-place votes in the coaches poll.
It's been a remarkable rise for Auburn this season on the football field and in the polls. The Tigers first appeared in the AP poll after its sixth game of the season. They didn't make the coaches poll until their seventh game, a win over Texas A&M. Six games later, the Tigers are on the verge of playing in the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena on Jan. 6.
The matchup in a few words: Auburn is 12-1 and Florida State is 13-0.
Auburn ran over Missouri behind Tre Mason's 304 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
The BCS is comprised of the coaches poll, the Harris poll and the average score of six computers used by the BCS.
Auburn won the BCS national championship in the 2010 season.
Alabama is No. 3 followed by Michigan State and Baylor.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine